App-solutely terrific: Citizens can use private cars as taxis

Updated 27 July 2016
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App-solutely terrific: Citizens can use private cars as taxis

RIYADH: The Ministry of Transport has decided to allow citizens to use their private cars for transporting people.
The step comes in line with the ministry’s plan to organize and develop the transport sector through the use of latest technology, the ministry said.
Once implemented, the plan will help ease the problems of commuters and provide job opportunities to citizens — a field currently dominated by foreign workers.
It will also minimize security concerns as citizens will be dominating the field, the ministry said.
Job seekers including university students, government and private sector employees will benefit from the new plan, the ministry added.
The government will give priority to Saudis seeking jobs especially those registered with the “Jadara” and “Saed” systems.
The ministry is working on a plan to create a mechanism to match the applications with the requirements of citizens who desire to work in this field.
The ministry wants these services to be linked to the Wasel electronic platform, which has been launched by the ministry in cooperation with its technical partner “Alam.”
The platform will allow the ministry and the security authorities to identity the drivers, the data of the vehicle and its destination.
The ministry has appealed to all firms providing transport services through these applications to correct their status in accordance with the new regulations within three months.
Meanwhile, the ministry and the Public Transport Authority are making an overall assessment of the current taxi services to lay down a new vision for new services in line with Vision 2030, the ministry said.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.